By Cody Strahm @CodyJStrahm on May 26, 2014
There is a significant amount of uncertainty at the quarterback position in the AFC South. One signal caller is the undisputed starter for his respective team, but the rest have a lot to prove this coming season. Here are the division's top five quarterbacks.
Ranking any rookie among veterans is obviously all about projection rather than any statistics or NFL film work, but Blake Bortles has enough potential as a passer to rank above those not mentioned. The Jaguars have been adamant that Bortles will sit in 2014, but if he's thrown into the fire, he'll at least have an NFL-caliber arm and sneaky athleticism to compensate for what he lacks in experience.
As for the Jaguars' penciled-in starter, Chad Henne has sufficient arm strength to make every NFL throw, but has seemingly lacked the mental aptitude to solidify himself as a starting quarterback. He's also had trouble putting the necessary touch on short-to-intermediate targets. Henne is serviceable, but not much more.
The former Ivy League standout is one of the streakiest quarterbacks in the league. He's prolific at times and a turnover machine at others. Led by Andre Johnson, there's talent on Houston's offense. Fitzpatrick will make his fair share of plays for the Texans if he enters the year as the starter like many expect.
2014 is gearing up to be a make-or-break season for Jake Locker, a former top 10 pick who's yet to live up to his billing. He appeared to be in the midst of a breakout campaign before suffering hip and Lisfranc injuries last year. If he can stay healthy in the fall, he has enough arm strength, athleticism and intelligence to cement himself as Tennessee's franchise quarterback.
Andrew Luck has proved that the immense hype surrounding him as a prospect coming out of Stanford was justified -- an impressive feat considering teams were actually rumored to be tanking for his services. He still has room to grow, but, with an all-around skill set, Luck is well on his way to emerging as an elite, top-five quarterback in the near future.
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